SavingsShip virus (Savings Ship)
The SavingsShip virus (also found as Savings Ship virus; though not technically a computer virus) is malware categorized as adware and a browser hijacker that infects a computer system and attaches to popular Internet Browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer as a browser add-on, browser helper object, and extension orwithout user consent. SavingsShip also bundles with third-party items. Once installed SavingsShip malware begins to transform browser settings and displays unwanted pop-up advertisements, in-text ads, banner ads, and especially drop-down coupons ads.
Savings Ship adware will attempt to display targeted coupons for searched items or deals for currently viewed online products. SavingsShip ads may also illegally appear on a variety of websites without owner consent. Once a program that is used to display these unwanted advertisements is installed it may begin to change Microsoft Windows start-up settings and internet browser settings. Furthermore unwanted applications used to promote SavingsShip ads may intrude user privacy by collecting and distributing sensitive user information and ruin a computer’s functionality and internet browsing experience (browser redirections, homepage hijack).
SavingsShip malware and third-party items have also been reported to submit collected a information to third-party marketing and mailing lists. Some users have reported an increase in email spam received, junk mail, and have even complained of unwanted telephone calls from telemarketers.
- Some SavingsShip and related third-party ads have been reported to contain or promote malicious or questionable content.
How does SavingsShip malware get onto a computer?
SavingsShip primarily bundles with third-party items including freeware and shareware. In some cases users are given the opportunity to accept or decline an offer to install SavingsShip and other items with wanted items; however, the request to decline the offer is often ignored or presented in a colluding manner.
SavingsShip can sometimes be manually and voluntarily downloaded from a variety of sources including savingsship.com and may hide inside third-party items.
How to remove SavingsShip malware
- Automatically remove SavingsShip – Scan for and automatically remove SavingsShip and third-party malware
- Manually remove SavingsShip – Remove/Uninstall SavingsShip software and third-party malware (if necessary)
1. Automatic SavingsShip virus removal
Use the instructions below to automatically remove SavingsShip adware and third-party malware, as well as automatically remove unwanted search engines from your installed internet browsers.
1. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the program. If you are using the free version of Malwarebytes you will be prompted to update the database, make sure to do so.
3. On the first tab labeled “Scanner” select the Perform full scan option and click the Scan button to perform a full system scan. Malwarebytes will automatically detect malware infecting the computer system.
4. Once the malware scan is complete, Malwarebytes may prompt a notice stating malicious objects were detected. Select the malicious objects and click the Remove Selected button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer (the image below shows a file that is NOT selected) or click the Delete button to remove quarantined files.
CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings startup up settings, and uninstall Savings Ship adware and associated third-party software.
1. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform.
2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.
3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.
4. To automatically uninstall SavingsShip and other unwanted programs, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for SavingsShip, etc. in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.
2. Manual SavingsShip virus removal
Use the instructions below to manually uninstall SavingsShip adware and third-party software using Microsoft Windows removal procedures.
How to uninstall SavingsShip adware
1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.
2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program.
3. In the list of installed programs search for SavingsShip and other potentially unwanted software. Once SavingsShip malware is located, double click the unwanted program(s) or highlight them in the list and click the Uninstall button.
How to remove SavingsShip add-ons and extensions
Use the instructions to remove SavingsShip add-ons, extensions, plug-ins, and toolbars. Please note, it may be necessary to remove multiple third-party items.
1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions.
2. Search for the SavingsShip extension and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to them.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the SavingsShip add-on and remove it.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.
2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the SavingsShip add-on and remove it if located.